Cuba Embargo

Timeline created by aspratt94
  • U.S. imposes a partial economic embargo

    U.S. imposes a partial economic embargo
    Bans trade on everything except food and medicine
  • Foreign Assistance Act

    Prohibits aid to any country that provides assistance to Cuba
  • Kennedy administration prohibits travel to Cuba

    Financial and commercial transactions with Cuba are illegal for U.S. citizens
  • U.S. senator Edward M. Kennedy urges the government to lift the embargo

    He states in an interview, "I believe the idea of isolating Cuba was a mistake, it has been ineffective. Whatever the reasons and justifications may have been at the time, now they are invalid."
  • President Carter drops ban on travel to Cuba

    President Carter drops ban on travel to Cuba
    U.S. citizens can travel to Cuba and spending money there
  • Reagan Administration reestablishes travel ban

    Reagan Administration reestablishes travel ban
    Prohibits U.S. citizens from spending money in Cuba
  • New regulation by U.S. Department of Treasury

    New regulation by U.S. Department of Treasury
    U.S. citizens who travel to Cuba can only spend a maximum of $100 per day
  • U.S. Congress passes Cuban Democracy Act

    U.S. Congress passes Cuban Democracy Act
    Prohibits foreign-based subsidiaries of U.S. companies from trading with Cuba, travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens, and family remittances to Cuba. The law allows private groups to deliver food and medicine to Cuba.
  • President Clinton signs the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act

    Imposes penalties on foreign companies doing business in Cuba, permits U.S. citizens to sue foreign investors who make use of American-owned property seized by the Cuban government, and denies entry into the U.S. to such foreign investors.
  • Clinton Administration approves licenses for U.S. news organizations to open bureaus in Cuba

    Cuban government allows only CNN into the island
  • U.S. turns down Cuban offer

    U.S. turns down Cuban offer
    U.S. government turns down a Cuban offer to compensate Americans for properties confiscated by the Revolution 40 years ago.
  • President George W. Bush enforces ban on travel

    President George W. Bush enforces ban on travel
    establishes the Committee for Assistance to a Free Cuba, and further enforces the ban on travel to the island.
  • U.S. lawmakers and food firms meet in Havana

    Cuba has agreed to purchase about $125 million in farm goods from U.S. companies.
  • National Security Archive releases a memo written by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy on December 12 1963

    He seeks to lift the travel ban to Cuba. He refers to the ban as "inconsistent with traditional American liberties."
  • US Senator Michael B. Enzi introduces the "Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act"

    He says, "If you keep on doing what you have always been doing you are going to wind up getting what you already got. …We are not hurting the Cuban government; we are hurting the Cuban people. …It is time for a different policy."